by Amy Moritz
Cory Conacher is coming to Buffalo.
The all-time leading scorer at Canisius College was claimed off waivers by the Sabres this afternoon.
Conacher, a native of Burlington, Ont., played in 60 games for the Ottawa Senators this season with four goals and 16 assists. He played 12 games with Sens last year after he was acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning for goalie Ben Bishop.
The 5-foot-8 left winger made his NHL debut with the Lightning in the shortened 2012-13 season. In 107 career NHL games he has 15 goal and 34 assists.
His breakout professional year was 2012 when he led the Norfolk Admirals to the Calder Cup and earned the AHL's most valuable player award. He scored 39 goals with 80 points in his only full season in the AHL.
Conacher played in 129 games for Canisius and is the program's all-time leading scorer with 147 points and 62 goals. He owns 12 school records, including single-season marks in points (53), assists (33) and goals (23).
His younger brother, Shane, is a freshman for the Ice Griffs, who are in Atlantic Hockey playoffs this weekend. Check out this story about the two and their hockey relationship.
Check out Conacher's first NHL goal scored when he was with the Lightning. It came against the Washington Capitals on Jan. 19, 2013: